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Hyde runners storm to success in the Big Half marathon

Posted on 11 March 2019

More than 50 Hyde runners showed grit and determination when they fought the elements, pounding the streets of London in stormy conditions to complete the Big Half marathon and raise money for a new bursary to help young residents. 

Nick Di Paolo, Lead Customer Researcher in the Business Intelligence Unit, led Hyde’s charge to the finish, beating his personal best by 3 minutes to cross the line in 1 hour, 20 minutes and 31 seconds. He said: “It was a great day, if a bit windy! It was fantastic to see so many Hyde runners and supporters on the way round and all for a fantastic cause too. On a personal level I was very pleased with my time and I’m already looking forward to running it again next year!” 

Hyde Foundation Successful Tenancies Programme Manager, Maggie Houghton said: “I was blown away both by the gales and the support from the Hyde team and the crowd along the route - but mostly by all our colleagues and friends who have donated to support the new young people’s bursary; it’s just the kind of motivation you need when you hit 9 miles and your legs have had enough!” 

All the money raised will fund the Breaking Barriers bursary - a new Hyde Charitable Trust fund to help young Hyde residents to overcome barriers to education, training and employment. 

“The Breaking Barriers bursary will enable us to help residents aged 16-24 to a brighter future,” explained Head of Hyde Foundation Jahanara Rajkoomar. “Many live in households with low incomes and face other challenges preventing them from achieving their potential. The fund will help to pay for travel expenses to college, training or work and exam fees.” 

We are aiming to raise £10,000 to kick-start this great initiative and welcome donations.